Trip from Marbella to Casares
Sugar Cube Houses
The white village of Casares has Moorish cliff-hugging buildings and since 1978 it has been officially protected because of it's historical and artistic heritage.
Most of the white villages in Andalucia are beautiful but there is something very special about the position of Casares.
The houses are like sugar cubes, precariously piled high, nearly reaching the Arab castle battlements. It is hard to believe that this enchanting village is only nine miles from the hustle and bustle of the coast and the coach tour circuit.
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Parking in Casares
When Casares was being designed by the Romans, car parking was not in the design plans. This is a good thing for those wanting to visit an authentic Andalusian village. You can park at the top of the town by one of the bars and climb down one of the steep but well maintained footpaths that lead into the village square called Plaza de España. Alternatively, follow the road round the outskirts and on the west side there is a visitors centre with car park. From here you can climb up the path to the top of a hill for another white village view. This view is best in the afternoon sun.
WHAT TO DO IN CASARES
The beautiful Casares has traditional tapas bars and many quaint cafes. You will find many in the Plaza de España.
It's great just to walk around to take in the serenity of the place and the winding alleys between the immaculately kept houses.
It is the birthplace of the famous Blas Infante and there are many references to his life. Blas Infante is known as the "father of Andalucia" having fought for what is today the self-governing statute for Andalucia.
Iglesia de San Sebastian is located in the center of town. It is a small chapel dating from the seventeenth century having a single nave (basilica floor). Inside features the image of Our Lady of Rosario del Campo, patron saint of the town. Close by is the Carlos III fountain which was completed in 1785 in order to channel the spring water from the Port of the Vines into the center of town. This fountain is constructed using sandstone, and although it has undergone various rebuilds, it still retains its original form.
Climb up past Arrabal via Puerta Calle to the Castle. There is a cemetery located within the grounds of the Castle which is unique because of it's circular shape. There are whitewashed niches and this is a good place to rest whilst taking in the beautiful views.
Visit the ruined church, Iglesia de la Encarnación now Centro Cultural Blas Infante. The Church of the Incarnation is located on a hill overlooking the village. Prior to being restored only the perimeter walls and arches that supported the roof of the nave remained. The nave has now become a multipurpose hall for theater and conference exhibitions. There is also a video room, a library, and access to the bell tower.
There are a number of signed walks just outside the village. Some lead to the top of nearby hills where to can get even better views of the white village. Walk the Sierra Cristilina for natural beauty or you can take the popular walk down the river valley to Manilva.
In May the Pilgrimage of Virgin de Rosario del Campo takes place. An image of the virgin is taken from the church of San Sebastian to the hermatige of Rosario del Campo, 11 km away on the other side of the river Genal.
Drive south from Marbella along the coast road (N340/A7) and turn inland at Km. 147 between Estepona and Sabinillas near Torre de la Sal. Head inland for 15 km through picturesque scenery. You will suddenly be treated to a spectacular view of the village with its medieval fortress. Casares is a picture postcard village and the view from the approach is definitely worth a photo.
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Another great trip from our apartment in Marbella